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The World Before Her (2012)

Two young women follow completely divergent paths in the new, modernizing India-one wants to become Miss India, the other is a fierce Hindu Nationalist prepared to kill and die for her beliefs.


Nisha Pahuja


Nisha Pahuja
7 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Pooja Chopra ... Self
Manasvi Mamgai ... Self
Marc Robinson Marc Robinson ... Self
Ankita Shorey Ankita Shorey ... Self
Ruhi Singh ... Self
Prachi Trivedi Prachi Trivedi ... Self


Ruhi Singh is a small town girl with big city dreams. She sets off to Bombay to win the title of Miss India--a launching pad to fame and a surefire way to stand out in a country of 1.2 billion people. Just hours from the Miss India beauty boot camp is another training ground for girls--that of the Durga Vahini, a Hindu nationalist group exclusively for women. Here we meet Prachi Trivedi, a young, fearsome drill sergeant training Indian girls to fight against Western culture, Islam and Christianity by any means necessary including violence. Gliding back and forth between the action of the two camps, the dreams and conflicts of India and young Indian women are laid bare-- the two opposing worlds aren't as far away from each other as they seem. Written by Storyline Entertainment

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Director Nisha Pahuja is the first filmmaker given permission to film inside a Durga Vahini camp. See more »


"Parishad" refers to Vishwa Hindu Parishad which is an organization. It is translated as "movement" in subtitles. (at 30:30 min in DvD) See more »


Edited into P.O.V.: The World Before Her (2013) See more »

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This is a must watch Documentary
6 November 2014 | by pace-26-206457See all my reviews

So, I had my doubts about the content of this film. Nether the less I watched it. The movie stimulated many thoughts and emotions, it provided a very interesting look at the options and choices of the women of India.

More than this though it displayed the human condition from extreme view points. The film re-enforcing the fact that as human being we tend to place judgements on situations and people without ever truly knowing the environmental conditions creating them.

I highly recommend this film, what ever part of society one comes from this film has something to offer in opening the mind.

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8 April 2014 (Netherlands) See more »

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